Set out a variety of small rocks, glue, and squares of cardboard.
Have the children glue the rocks on the cardboard squares to create
rock sculptures. The children can also paint designs on their rocks.
Take the children on a rock gathering expedition. Have the children
sort their rocks by size, color, markings, etc..
Have children wash the rocks they have gathered and examine them with
Hard or Soft
Have children scrap their rocks with nails to see if the rocks are
hard or soft.
Make a rock sorter by cutting four or five holes form large to small
in the top of a shoe box. Place a number of different size rocks next
to the box. Let the children sort the rocks in the rock sorter by
placing each rock in the hole closest to its size.
Add pea gravel to the texture table. So that small fingers do not get
to sore in the gravel add tongue depressors to the texture table.
Indian Counting Game
Need: Five smooth pebbles. Paint a half moon shape on one side of
each of four pebbles and a star shape on one side of the remaining pebble.
Place the pebbles in a container (shoe box or a basket). Let one
child at a time hold the basket and give it a shake. Then have the
child count the number of shapes that turn up.
You can have a points type game by allotting one point for each moon
and two points for the star.
Place a sign up sheet for the parents to send in a food for your
class stone soup. List the items needed for the soup the following
are some suggestions: potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, tomatoes,
beef bouillon, and celery. You can add whatever you would like!
Read the story "Stone Soup". Fill a pot with 2 quarts
water. Add the ingredients and bring to a boil. Then simmer your soup
for 1 hour. Serve with bread and juice.